Sex Positive St. Louis Bowls in the Buff at Saratoga Lanes (NSFW)

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He barely missed the strike.
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A generally kinky kind of guy, Wraith says he doesn't get hung up on definitions. However, he does believe in one important baseline:

"There are those that say that nudism is absolutely not about sex, and I think that's kind of bullshit, honestly. I don't think it's all about sex, but I don't think you can say that anything is absolutely, 100 percent not about sex," he concludes.

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In another corner of the bowling alley, we meet a naked man who introduces himself as "Pasha." He wears a wedding ring, looks to be in his early thirties, and speaks in a lilting, difficult-to-place European accent.

"Is nudism inherently sexual?" he repeats. "It is very complicated. It is yes and no."

He's been a nudist for almost four years.

"I remember it to the day," he trills, describing the transformative moment when he first disrobed at a nude beach in Riga, Latvia. "August the 31st, 2010. It was the day I turned."

Born in Soviet-era Belarus, Pasha immigrated to the U.S. in 1990. Today, he's a happily married American nudist. He recounts how he and his wife regularly make the hour-and-a-half drive from St. Louis to a 40-acre nudist resort.

"Once you turn," he continues, "once you first take your clothes off in front of other nudists you kind of realize that it was such an artificial barrier. And afterwards, you can't go back. When you go to a regular beach or to a regular pool, you'll be like, 'Why are people wearing all this?'"

We'll have to take your word on that, Pasha. For now.

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